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With the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs underway, there have already been several surprises. Since early July, all of the teams that have made it this far have been isolated and away from their families. Meanwhile, many players opted out before play resumed. To read about what players opted out; be sure to visit our Professional Sports Players Opting Out post.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Update

When the second round began, there were eight teams. Although there are no fans at the games; the players and the teams have competed at a high level.

With the Boston Bruins losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning; many were surprised. Because the Bruins had the best record in the regular season; many thought they could be back in the Stanley Cup Finals.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

Since the first and second rounds of the playoffs are complete; let’s take a look at the schedule for the Conference Finals. Indeed, it has been a tough time for many of these players to make it this far.

Eastern Conference Finals

In the Eastern Conference, the schedule is as follows for the Number 2 seed, Tampa Bay Lightning v the Number 6 seed, New York Islanders.
Game 1 will be on Monday, September 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Game 2 will be on Wednesday, September 9th at 8:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, Games 3 and 4 will be September 11th at 8:00 p.m. and September 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Moreover, if needed Games 5, 6, and 7 will be September 15th at 8:00 p.m., September 15th at 8:00 p.m., Game 7 on Saturday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m.

Western Conference Finals

In the Western Conference, the schedule is as follows for the Number 1 seed, the Vegas Golden Knights v Number 3 seed, the Dallas Stars.
Game 1 will be on Sunday, September 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Game 2 will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, Games 3 and 4 will be September 10th at 8:00 p.m. and September 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Moreover, if needed, Games 5, 6, and 7 will be September 14th at 8:00 p.m., September 16th at 8:00 p.m., and Friday, September 18th at 9:00 p.m.

In summary, a shout-out to all the players, personnel, and families who have made it this far. In these unprecedented times; the players have made it far without the typical noise or fans.